Top 10 iPhone Travel Apps for South Africa
|12 October 2009
Introducing the top 10 travel webapps for the iPhone that make tourists look like locals.
No matter where you are in the world, you can now get instant access to all of the latest info to meet your travel needs, and what’s even better is you can do this right from the palm of your hand. No more unwanted trips to the Internet café, no more running around trying to find your hotel and no more getting lost!
Strapped for time and don’t know where you are? With just a few simple clicks you can open one of the iPhone’s top 10 travel webapps and view your location. It’s as easy as that! With MapMe, you can share your location with others by giving them a link, which will allow them to view a map of where you are provided by Google.
The big pin pointing to where you are on the map should give you a good indication of your bearings. And if this doesn’t blow you away, you can even see a screenshot of your location, no matter where you are.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could quickly create and send high quality, geo-tagged digital postcards from anywhere? Not good enough? Okay, how about making and sending these postcards with no SMS or MMS charges? Now you can! With Postcard Express, you can share your experiences anytime by sending digital postcards from wherever you are. Whether you’re travelling or just out and about, Postcard Express is fantastic for sharing your visual experiences with friends, who can view the result on any MAC, PC or Smartphone. Choose from taking an original picture, or take your pick of one from the iPhone’s photo album. You can even view a media-rich log of your mobile experiences over time as every geo-tagged postcard you make and send is saved. This application makes a great way to keep your memory refreshed with all of those unforgettable experiences.
Now you can view flight maps, complete with weather and radar features by getting real-time status updates for flights all around the world with FlightTrack. There is no need to run around looking for the information stand, as this slick application allows you to check gate numbers, delays and cancellations. Whether you’re interested in the specifics, such as the aircraft type, speed and altitude or just curious about the skies, FlightTrack is a must have for any type of traveler.
Have you heard about a simple mobile website providing a collection of subway, bus and train maps from cities all over the world?
These maps are gathered from the different metropolitan transportation sites from cities that offer them for free. Instead of panicking while trying to get hold of a particular subway map quickly on your mobile phone, Metropoliphone puts them together and saves the traveler the trouble of getting hopelessly lost.
JiWire Wi-Fi Finder
In today’s society, the Internet is highly depended on. Information! Information! Information! That’s where JiWire Wi-Fi Finder comes in. Being the world’s most trusted directory, Jiwire Wi-Fi Finder has over 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots and municipal networks in 135 countries.
One of the outstanding features of this webapp is that you can watch your budget by narrowing your search results to free hotspots only, not to mention the option to search for them by city or postcode. If that’s not enough for you, you can also get one-click access to call or map each hotspot location, or visit the jiwire.com website for more details. Apple really know just how to turn complicated technicalities into utter simplicity, putting the joy back into traveling.
Hotel Maps and Booking Engine
Pick up your iPhone and get onto the Hotel Maps and Booking Engine where you will find over 19,000 hotels, all listed with detailed maps. Whether you’re searching for a accommodation or looking for directions to your accommodation, this sophisticated application will definitely speed things up with your search.
IM+ for Skype
We all know what it’s like to be on the go and on the phone at the same time. Things can get a bit hectic when we step off the plan onto foreign ground. Looking for pay phones, buying airtime vouchers and trying to find Internet cafés just to remind your mom to feed your cat.
With free technical support, not only is the IM+ for Skype one of the most cost effective solutions to calling landlines as well as mobile phones, it is also free to communicate with other Skype users through voice and text. This fully mobile solution offers you full network independence during your travels.
Keep up to date and get breaking news from South Africa and the rest of the world with News24. Voice your opinion on the latest news and issues after joining the community of over two million people who visit the site to air their views. Whether you’d like to get hold of the latest news, stories and photographs, no matter where you are, check the lotto results, submit news tips or just simply want to pass time by finding movie info or checking your daily horoscope. With fast and smooth navigation and improved stability, News24 offers a runway to stay ahead on sporting, business and financial, motoring and entertainment news.
Lonely Planet Cape Town City Guide
Get your hands on the city guide that will introduce you to the mother city of South Africa, Cape Town. Lonely Planet Cape Town City Guide captures the city’s most well known stunning features, such as Table Mountain and the Waterfront. With this easy-to-use web application on your easy-to-use iPhone, you can now plot your exact location with a dynamic map, guiding you through your nerve-wrecking adventures. This means no more accessing of details street maps and no more roaming costs and with every article and POI being text searchable, you won’t have a problem finding what you’re looking for.
Last, but most definitely not least, Facebook, the social utility that connects you to the people around you is one of the top 10 webapps when it comes to the iPhone. After suddenly shooting up out of nowhere, Facebook has grown tremendously in the last few years and has now secured its spot in the iPhone. With just a few easy steps, you could be getting all of the latest news from your friends onto your mobile phone, upload and share photos, not to mention your daily sending and receiving of Facebook messages. There is no doubt that this will prove to be one of the top used web applications on the iPhone.